MADISON – Today the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, alongside the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin, announced their endorsements in the April 6 elections for Madison Common Council. 


The endorsement of the 49-member Chamber board signals a candidate’s strength on business and economic issues and is based on several factors, including alignment with the Chamber’s NEXUS and Recovery legislative agendas. The Chamber and the Building Trades are both focused on growing jobs and tax base to enhance the health and vitality of our communities.  


“At this challenging and critical moment, we need leadership on the Madison Common Council with a commitment to inclusive economic growth and the collaborative experience to get it done,” said Chamber President Zach Brandon. “The alignment of business and labor in this election highlights that there are clear choices to help lead Madison through this pandemic and accelerate our economic recovery.”


“The priorities of our endorsed candidates for Madison Common Council match those of our hardworking union members, such as safe workplaces, buying and hiring local, and promoting the union trades as an exceptional career choice,” said Scott Bartz, President of the Building Trades Council.

“We are excited to partner with the Greater Madison Chamber in announcing our joint list of endorsed candidates for Madison Common Council,” said Jaclyn Weitzel, Executive Director of the Building Trades Council. “After many interviews and discussions, we believe these candidates will be strong voices on the issues that affect working people and their families in Madison.”


The Chamber and Building Trades jointly endorsed the following candidates for Madison Common Council:


District 1: Barbara Harrington-McKinney                            District 14: Sheri Carter 

District 3: Lindsay Lemmer                                                    District 16: Jael Currie 

District 5: Regina Vidaver                                                      District 17: Gary Halverson  

District 7: Nasra Wehelie                                                      District 18: Charles Myadze  

District 11: Arvina Martin                                                     District 20: Christian Albouras 

District 12: Syed Abbas 


About the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce: 
The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business with more than 1,200 organizations – ranging from one-person shops to corporations with more than 10,000 employees – working to bring the Greater Madison area to its full potential. The Greater Madison region is a leader in innovation. From cutting-edge technologies to distinctive retail shops to inventive services and products, our members vary greatly but are united by the region’s entrepreneurial spirit. More information can be found at 


About the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin: 

The Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin is made up of 17 International Building Trades Unions. The Building Trades represent over 4,000 members who live and work in the greater Madison area. Building Trades members work for contractors that utilize the skilled labor pool available through local union affiliates. 


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